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Design Fair 2015 Learn. Shop.Connect. April 20-26, 2015
Lawndale Art Center Houston

April, 2015

Design Fair 2015
Learn. Shop. Connect.  
April 20 - 26, 2015

Houston, Texas - Design Fair 2014: Learn. Shop. Connect. will take place April 20 - 26, 2015. Design Fair 2015 features examples of cutting-edge contemporary design, as well as vintage modern objects of the 20th century. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.


The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today


Design Fair 2015 kicks-off with a free lectureDream Cars: Innovative Designs, Visionary Ideas, on Monday, April 20, at 6:30 PM at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium. Presented in partnership with the MFAH Design Council. Lawndale and the Design Council are delighted to welcome Sarah SchleuningCurator of Decorative Arts and Design, High Museum of Art,to Houston.


Attendees should also mark their calendars for the most stylish fundraiser of the year, the Design Fair 2015 Preview Party, chaired by Beth & Jeffrey Abel on Friday, April 24, from 6 - 9 PM; then plan to keep shopping all weekend April 25 and 26 from 10AM - 5PM. Ticket sales for both events benefit Lawndale Art Center.



April 20 - 26, 2015 



Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main Street

Houston, Texas 77002


Fair Curator:

Lynn Goode
Texas Co-Op Curator:
Sarah Beck

Preview Party Chairs:
Beth & Jeffrey Abel

Advisory Committee: 

Jeffrey Abel, Beth Abel, Sara Beck, Anne Breux, Lynn Goode, Cecilia Márquez, Meghan Miller, Paula Murphy, Cali Pettigrew, Nicole Romano, Cindi Strauss, Christine West and Eleanor L. Williams




Dream Cars: Innovative Designs, Visionary Ideas

Sarah Schleuning
Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, 
High Museum of Art

From fantastical rendering to realized cars, visionary automotive designs influence the automotive industry and investigate the role innovative design played in challenging the notions of what is both stylistically and technologically possible. Dream Cars will discuss several influential concept cars from 1934 to today addressing some of the individual visionaries who made them a reality, the profound influence of aerodynamics and aeronautics had on these designs, and the groundbreaking automotive fairs that placed them in the international spotlight. 

Sarah Schleuning is curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Her previous positions include curator and head of the fellowship program at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida and assistant curator at Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Schleuning holds an M.A. in the history of decorative arts from Parsons School of Design/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and a B.A. from Cornell University. She has curated several exhibitions relating to modern decorative arts and contemporary design including Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, Joris Laarman: Design in the Digital Age, andFashioning the Modern French Interior. Her most recent publications include Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, Earl Pardon's "Portable Art", Moderne: Fashioning the French Interior and Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War. Schleuning is currently collaborating on several projects including co-curating exhibitions on contemporary Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen with the Groninger Museum.Monday, April 20, 2015, 6:30 PM

Free admission
Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet



This free lecture is sponsored in part by Scott R. Sparvero and Sterling McCall Lexus

Presented in partnership with The Design Council at the MFAH.


Preview Party:

Friday, April 24, 2014, 6-9PM


Preview Party Chair: Beth & Jeffrey Abel


Attire: Contemporary Cocktail


Tickets: $75 per person / $60 for Lawndale members 

(includes admission throughout the weekend)


Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center.  Sip on cool libations from Saint Arnold Brewing Company and nibble on tasty treats from CULINAIRE amongst the finest selection of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion.  You won't want to miss this chance to pick up your next treasure. 

Tickets available at the door and by contacting Lawndale Art Center at 713.528.5858 or by email at Click here to purchase tickets via PayPal.




The Preview Party is underwritten in part by Abel Design Group and Architectural Floors.


Joanna Davis
Jaime Fruge
Amy & Scott LaTulipe
Jaime & Ken Merideth
Dr. Greg Shannon
Olivia & Edward Persia
Peter G. Pettigrew
Caonabo De La Rosa & John Taylor
Ann Trione
Claudia Solis & Matthew Wettergreen


Fair Days:             


Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10 AM - 5 PM 
General admission for the weekend is $5


Shop among a special selection of vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as cutting edge contemporary design. Meet specialist designers and dealers offering the finest furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike. 


Texas Co-Op:             


The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.


Participating Exhibitors:                  

(as of March 18, 2015) 


The following will offer a wide selection of carefully curated items including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion.          



Brass, quartz, and silver alloy Crystal Melt pendant


Shagreen bags

A book-shelf that can hold your bike, with a secret compartment
Don Browne

Lynn Goode Vintage
Myth + Symbol
New Living
Saint Cloud
Smith's Opticians
Studio Lifestyle


Texas Co-Op 

Sal Miel


For exhibitor images, please email or click here to download via DropBox.


(as of March 18, 2015)


Many thanks to the Design Fair 2015 Sponsors! 


John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation

Scott R. Sparvero
Sterling McCall Lexus



Abel Design Group
Architectural Floors



Don Sanders
Pattie & Jim Jard
O'Donnell Snider Construction



Amegy Bank
Art Portfolio Inc / Cali Alvarado Pettigrew
Lucy & Fowler Carter
Jereann Chaney
Milestone Project Management
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Nicole & Joey Romano
Kristin & David Thomas
Eleanor L. Williams



Michael Dale
Fredrica & Bill Fester

Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Cecily Horton

Cecilia Márquez & Kelly Matthews
Gundi McCandless
H. Russell Pitman
Jill Whitten & Rob Proctor
H. Irving Schweppe
Heather Brown & Hank Segelke
The CKP Group
The KipCo.




Meghan Miller 

Anne & Joe Romano
SBS Manufacturing, Inc.



The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Paper City
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Thomas Printworks
United Airlines
Christine & Ramon West




About Lawndale Art Center:  


Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists. Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities. Founded in 1979, Lawndale has owned its present location on Main Street in Houston's Museum District since 1993. With four galleries in its locally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions. Over twenty exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly including annual events such as Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead, Design Fair and The Big Show.



For More Information: or

or (713) 528-5858.


Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Lia and David Rodi, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams , Nina and Michael Zilkha, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.

For More Information: 

(713) 528-5858


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